Sunday, August 20, 2017

Anidees AI Crystal Case Giveaway Winner!

Check your inbox folks, we just sent out a notification e-mail to the winner of the Anidees AI Crystal case giveaway! I want to thank all of you for making these giveaways such a success. Our next contest starts Monday and runs through Friday, August 25th.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Facebook Cracking Down On Video Clickbait In The Newsfeed

Really? Really? Facebook is cracking down on "clickbait" in your news feed? Facebook is the number one supplier of clickbait articles in your news feed.

If you’ve ever clicked on what looks like an interesting video promising “17 Ways You’re Eating Cheese Wrong,” only to find yourself on a spammy website that has nothing to do with cheese, you know how frustrating such clickbait can be. Facebook is now introducing new updates aimed at keeping those deceptive posts out of your news feed.

BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN AM4 Motherboard Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps (get it?) have the BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN motherboard on the test bench today.

With the X370GTN, BIOSTAR has succeeded to offer plenty of goodies, in a compact ITX format; due to a smaller VRM, the manufacturer does recommend CPUs with a maximum TDP of 95W, but if we do use it with a 65W SKU, we do also have some overclocking headroom. In our tests with the Ryzen 3 1300X, we have succeeded to achieve the same results as with the high-end Crosshair Hero VI from ASUS, by just setting up the multiplier and the voltage inside the UEFI interface, which is really easy to use. 

VW, NVIDIA Seeking AI Startups for Collaboration

Volkswagen and NVIDIA are looking to help five top startups put the pedal to the metal in the race to bring new technology to the automotive industry. The companies selected will join the Startup Collaboration Space at the Volkswagen Data:Lab in Munich, for a 14-week program. The call for applications is open until Sept. 15.

The startups will be part of a VW effort focused on exploiting technology such as, but not limited to, GPU deep learning, machine learning and data science to solve challenges the auto industry faces inside and outside the vehicle, including cybersecurity, logistics, speech and image recognition, and predictive maintenance. Those selected will each receive €30,000 ($35,000) investment without giving up equity; office space and lab facilities within the lab; mentoring and guidance from VW and NVIDIA experts; plus access to the full resources of the Data:Lab, including an NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer.

NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Software Turns Tesla GPU Servers into Powerful Workstations

NVIDIA today introduced new virtualization software capabilities that turn NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU-accelerated servers into powerful workstations and provide IT departments the resources they need to address the demands of an enterprise-wide virtual workspace. Certified with hundreds of professional workstation applications, NVIDIA Quadro® has long been the industry standard for professional visualization in the enterprise. Now, NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Software (Quadro vDWS) delivers an unparalleled experience running both virtualized graphics and compute workloads on any virtual workstation or laptop from NVIDIA Tesla-accelerated data centers. Available for over 120 systems from 33 system vendors, Quadro vDWS provides high-end performance to multiple enterprise users from the same GPU for lower cost of ownership.

Intel’s Investment in Oakland Schools Strengthens Science, Engineering Programs

In 2015, Intel Corporation announced a five-year, $5 million investment with Oakland Unified School District to improve computer science and engineering programs at Oakland Tech and McClymonds high schools. Enrollment in computer science classes has seen a 14-times increase two years into the program. The collaboration will affect 2,300 students and graduate 600 in the disciplines. The initiative is multifaceted, with programs for students including work-based learning, mentoring and internships, along with education and awareness for parents, and professional development support for teachers.

Friday, August 18, 2017

ASUS Announces the VivoBook Pro N580

Asus announced the VivoBook Pro N580, a thin and lightweight Windows 10 laptop packed with high-end components.

The slim 15.6” laptop is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad core processor running at 2.8GHz with a max turbo frequency of 3.8GHz. The VivoBook Pro N580 is outfitted with 16GB of DDR4 2,400MHz memory, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics card, 512GB SATA SSD, and a 16:9 aspect ratio full HD touchscreen.

Google Can Now Remove Watermarks From Photos

I'll bet ShutterStock, 123RF and Adobe Stock are all going to be thrilled about this revelation.

It’s standard practice to use watermarks on the assumption that they prevent consumers from accessing the clean images, ensuring there will be no unauthorized or unlicensed use. However, in “On The Effectiveness Of Visible Watermarks” recently presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2017), we show that a computer algorithm can get past this protection and remove watermarks automatically, giving users unobstructed access to the clean images the watermarks are intended to protect.

Top 10 Eclipse Day Things to Know

Destin over at Smarter Every Day has put out a great video for those of you with plans to watch the eclipse.

Cooking Dinner with Science

Even though this is a sponsored is well worth the watch just to see the Backyard Scientist guy prepare his meal.

ASUS ROG Evolve Gaming Mouse Review

In the market for a new gaming mouse? The crew at Play3r say the ASUS ROG Evolve is a solid choice.

Another Million People Cut the TV Cord Last Quarter

Dear cable companies, your outdated days (and ways) are numbered.

Traditional pay TV providers lost a record 976,000 video customers in the second quarter according to SNL Kagan. While that wasn't quite as bad as many analysts had predicted, the rate of cord cutting still indicates the cable industry is in for "unprecedented annual decline” during 2017. According to the firm, the total number of traditional cable subscribers dipped to 96.1 million in the second quarter, down 1.8 million since last year. Dish, DirecTV and AT&T were hit particularly hard last quarter in particular.


The crew at Vortez has the GAMDIAS HERMES M1 keyboard on the test bench today. If you are shopping for a new keyboard, make sure you give this review the once over.

Sound BlasterX AE-5 Review

After spending some quality time with the Sound BlasterX AE-5, our friends at HotHardware say that this is an uncompromising gaming sound card for audiophiles.

Sound cards seem passé nowadays, as motherboard manufacturers hop up high-definition audio codecs with higher quality op-amps, capacitors, shielding and S/PDIF outputs, that make discrete sound cards a harder sell. But despite all the optimizations and tweaks to on-board audio, there’s only so much you can do with cost-conscious audio codecs. That's where the Sound BlasterX AE-5 comes in.

CORSAIR Announces Partnership With League of Legends Organization ROX

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced its title sponsorship with ROX, a leading League of Legends eSports organization in South Korea. ROX will be the vanguard of CORSAIR’s eSports presence in South Korea, competing in the LCK, the highest level of League of Legends gameplay, and exclusively using CORSAIR keyboards, mice, and mouse pads.

World's Largest 'CS:GO' League Selects NVIDIA GeForce

The stakes are high. The crowds - online and off - are enormous. So the gear better be great. That’s why the world’s top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams will battle it out in the sixth season of the ESL Pro League for a $1 million prize pool on rigs equipped with our GeForce GTX GPUs. ESL’s events fill stadiums, attract elite players with huge followings and draw online audiences measured in the millions. This is the third year we’re working with ESL, the world’s largest esports company. They are, by any measure, one of the world’s foremost sporting organizations. We couldn’t think of a better venue for our technology — both on and off the sport’s electronic playing field. ESL requires gaming performance for its pro players and gear that can reliably serve up content to vast audiences online.

Intel Showcases Application of AI for Space Research at NASA FDL Event

Intel hosted the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Wrap-Up Event at its Santa Clara campus, concluding an eight-week summer program. Intel is a key partner in FDL and provided support to ongoing research that is exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve a range of challenges within the fields of space weather, space resources and planetary defense.

Through its work with NASA FDL, Intel is addressing critical knowledge gaps by using AI to help establish humanity as a space-faring civilization and solve problems that potentially affect all of us here on Earth. As part of the program, Intel supported and mentored researchers who used Intel® Nervana™ deep learning technology to tackle the complex challenge of building detailed maps of the lunar poles – a thorny challenge that involves detecting craters and other features within the dramatic shadows of the polar regions as well as resolving the image artifacts and registration challenges required to make a cohesive map. This is a task that takes many weeks by hand for just a small section of the moon.